Saving Face

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I have a lot of sun damage on my face. Can I do anything to make my skin look better?

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Yes, this is not your mother’s era of going to bed
with cold creams and hoping for the best! There is a lot you can do to reverse sun damage. Are you wearing a sun-block every day? If not, this is where you need to start. Daily sun protection is your number one anti-aging product. In addition you should use a daily anti-oxidant and a retinoid, “Retin-A” is prescription strength, but retinoids are sold in over-the-counter brands too. These are your skin vitamins and you need to feed your skin to keep it healthy. If you come in for a skin care consultation, we will work with you to find the skin care regimen that is best for your skin because we want you to be
healthy – and beautiful!

While you are here, also consider peels to help with texture and dark spots, or an intense pulsed light treatment which is great for clearing sun-damage. These office based treatments will not only improve the healthy appearance of your skin, but they have been proven to decrease your risk of skin cancer if repeated yearly.

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I have spent a lot of time in the sun – before I knew better! Now I am worried about my risk for skin cancer.

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Skin cancer is very common. In fact the current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The great news is that it’s a cancer that if caught early can often be treated successfully. If you spend a lot time in the sun, or you did as a child, then you should get a skin exam to make sure that any skin spots you see are normal and nothing to worry about. During your examination we will used a hand held lens called a dermatoscope to closely examine your moles and skin growths. If we spot a suspicious lesion during a skin check, then we will perform a biopsy- which is a simple test to check for skin cancer. If your biopsy result is positive then your treatment plan will be based on the type of skin cancer that you have and the stage of your skin cancer.

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How is skin cancer treated?

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There are different types of skin cancers. The most common types of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma- all of which are primarily due to excessive sun exposure. Early Basal Cell and Squamous Cell skin cancers can be treated with topical creams, but more advanced skin cancers will need to be treated by having skin surgery to remove the tumors. Melanoma skin cancers are always surgically removed, and
if not detected early may even require chemotherapy.

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I have a Basal Cell skin cancer on my nose, how will it be treated?

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The best treatment for a skin cancer located on your nose is to have Moh’s surgery, a tried and true method
of microscopic surgery for addressing skin cancers developed by Dr. Frederick Moh in the 1930s! This specialized surgery is used exclusively to treat skin cancer. This treatment is for areas like the nose to minimize the amount of healthy tissue that is removed and to give you the greatest chance of a cure. Moh’s surgery will reduce the need for additional treatments or surgery. Dr. Pipitone will evaluate your skin cancer site prior to your Moh’s surgery to discuss the treatment and the repair of your skin after the surgery to make sure that you have the best cosmetic result.

Come see us to begin your beautiful regimen for healthy skin!